A few “toots” and a CASE & Freebies!

Well, my mailbox has been busy this week! I was asked (along with fellow MyGrafico designers Cheri Wenger and Blackleaf Studios) to design a custom digital stamp for Paper Crafts Magazine’s special publication Stamp It! Cards. You can download all of our designs here. Gotta love free right?

I really enjoyed this issue of Stamp It! Cards, infact I found many ideas I wanted to try. Here is a card I CASE’d (CASE=copy and steal everything), the original card is on page 89 of Stamp It! Cards and it was by Agniesza Malyszek, her’s turned out much prettier than mine but I still like it 😉

 

To make the card I stamped the butterflies in Versafine black and heat embossed them with clear then loosely splashed watercolor over them. Honestly I got a little TOO loose with the watercolor and I’m not sure what I was thinking with the flourescent coral sentiment block but, hey, it was fun!

Tuesday I got the September issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and I just about fell over to see my button cards on the COVER:

 SSA September 2011

BTW you can still get the July Issue of SSA with my marker review spreadsheet. Honestly, it is more than you ever wanted to know about Alcohol & Watercolor markers and extra ways to use them.

 SSA July 2011

Current Issue CoverOh and one more Pub…I have 2 cards in the July issue of Vamp Stamp News.

 

OK I think I just dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back 😛 til next time happy crafting!

Joie de Vivre!

Happy Sunday folks! It is suddenly starting to feel like fall around here, it makes me want to curl up beside the fire with a good book and a glass of Pinot Noir, speaking of wine, have you seen the “Bon Appetit” stamp set from The Rubber Cafe? It is fabulous, here is a couple of cards I whipped up last night with it:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: Co'ordinations, DCWV, otherL clear ink, markers, embossing powder

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: Co'ordinations, DCWV, other: clear ink, markers, embossing powder

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to make the cards, you can grab my free template and cutting flies below. The purple bottle is cut from Co’ordanations cardstock with the lighter side on the inside so your writing will show up 😉 The green bottle is textured cardstock from Die Cuts With a View. I used the Fleuradidy 2 stamp and clear ink to stamp directly on the textured cardstock (these stamps are so deeply etched and wonderful that they even stamp well on textured cardstock!) then I heat embossed it with gold powder. I smooshed the clear pad on the bottle top and embossed it to look like the foil seal that champagne bottles have, easy, quick,  clever! On the inside I did tone on tone stamping with the pretty leaf stamp, it just gives you a little extra flair i think 😉

here is the inside of the card

here is the inside of the card

To stamp the wine label I inked up the stamp in caramel then used tombow (use any water based marker for this, tombow happens to be my favorite) brush markers to add green, red and purple to the grapes, breath on the stamp to moisten the ink and stamp on cream cardstock, cut out and adhere to card.

Using markers to add multi colors to a rubber stamp is quick, easy and fun!

Using markers to add multi colors to a rubber stamp is quick, easy and fun!

Download my wine bottle card svg file to cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software.

Here is a printable template.

Don’t forget you have 2 days left to save 10% on SCAL software with the coupon code: 1847253 You will get the latest version of scal (SCAL v.2) with all the new bells and whistles such as converting images to cut and layers, it is so cool!

Have a great Sunday folks and till next time happy crafting!

Fun with brayers and another shaped card!

Happy weekend folks!

I was playing with scal and my cricut  and made this card:

Design by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Kaliedacolor, Paper: GP

Design by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Kaliedacolor, Paper: GP

It was so easy, I used a free dingbat font called butterflies I think, selected a butterfly and clicked “blackout” and “weld” in scal, then copy and pasted it, flipped the second one and rotated it and placed then on the mat touching at the top of the wings. Make sure both parts are welded before you cut. After it was cut I stamped butterflies and text in clear ink and heat embossed them then used a brayer (A soft rubber roller) and a rainbow inkpad to apply ink over the butterfly and the embossed areas remain white. I stamped the fairy (About Art Accents) with SU! black and watercolored it with M Graham &Co paint, trimmed and mounted it to the bottom of the card. Easy and fun!

Tomorrow I will introduce you to a “hot” new craft, til them happy crafting!

Be Creative (in 10 minutes or less!)

Wowzer! where did the school year go? In a few short days my dear children will be out of school for the summer. Does that mean it’s time to pack away my art supplies…of course not! Summer is the time for quick, fun crafts that you can pick at while the kids work on their own masterpieces. Here are some quick card I made the other day using stamps from The Rubber Cafe:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, doublemates

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, double-mates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Doublemates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Double-mates

I used a tagger gun ti attach the buttons, it’s way quicker than stitching. The stamps I used can be found here, and here. The Cardstock is by Double-Mates and it is cool because it was all leftover squares form a colorblocking template I got from Creative cuts and more, frugal!

and remember the pack of 25 pockets I found at the Dollar store? I made one those too!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Doublemates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Double-mates

Remember that summer is all bout having fun, try a quick card today! Till next time Happy crafting!

Caardvarks challenge and a cute die from CC&M!

Good Monday morning to ya! My morning has been a bit weird as a strange dog followed me home when I took Hazel for her morning walk. The dog is so nice, an older yellow lab and he is currently camped out on my front porch (I will not let the dog inside, I will not let the dog inside…) Anyhow the totally funky-cool caardvark gals had a challenge to make a shaped card and since shaped cards are one of mt favorite things I made one for the challenge:

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Staples and Punch: EK Success, Ribbon: dollar Tree

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Staples and Punch: EK Success, Ribbon: dollar Tree

I use a the 11 1/2″ mini-scallop die from Creative Cuts and More (they are updating their website right now so if it isn’t right there it should be soon) and I cut it in half to make my card, an idea I ripped off from the talented Melissa who always has the cutest shaped cards on the block.

Here is a close up, I got the funky texture on the card by pressing wax paper over the shimmer spray and putting a book on top as it was drying.

Here is a close up, I got the funky texture on the card by pressing wax paper over the shimmer spray and putting a book on top as it was drying.

I embossed the flowery border stamp from The Rubber Cafe in light pink but it didn’t show up so I gave it a squirt of my red homemade shimmer spray to make it stand out. I punched out some flowers on the edge and glued the punch outs on the front of the card, BTW the card is made from Fairytale pink double mates cardstock do you can see the darker pink inside through the punch outs, it has a subtle texture to it but it stamps like a dream! Then I stamped and embossed a couple of Butterflies also from the rubber cafe and curled the wings a bit and adhered them with foam tape. I used my “hot glue pearls” for the center of the flowers and stapled on some ribbon. The little ribbon slide is from Creative Cuts too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday…the dog outside is howling…I’m still not letting him in even if he is sweet and cute…until next time happy crafting 😉

A Mothers Day gift, make a perfect tag, how to emboss a digi-stamped image and a new DT member!

I sure do like long titles don’t I? Mother’s Day is Sunday and I thought I would share another quick gift idea with you. I bought this orchid at Wal Mart for $17, if you can believe it (just hoping I can keep it alive long enough to give it to mom;) and I thought I would be nice to make a cute pocket tag to go along with it that could hold a tea bag or two an of course we need a card to go with it!

A Gift Set for Mom;) Stamps: (daffodil and orchid) Lindsay's stamp Stuff, (sentiment) Inkadinkado, Die cut: CC&M, Paper: DCWV

A Gift Set for Mom;) Stamps: (daffodil and orchid) Lindsay's stamp Stuff, (sentiment) Inkadinkado, Die cut: CC&M, Paper: DCWV

I printed my Daffodil #3 and Sketchy Orchid digital stamp on vellum then heat embossed it. It is easy to heat emboss a printed image on vellum but before you print you need to have your heat gun plugged in near your computer, have a jar of embossing powder open and ready to go and have a tray or scrap of paper handy to catch the embossing powder. Just print, sprinkle and heat. I did the images one at a time so the ink wouldn’t dry on me.

Here is a closer look.

Here is a closer look.

After I embossed this I used my Bic Mark its to color in my design, I used the darker colors first in the shadow areas then added the lighter shades and blended them. It is so quick and easy! I then used my Mark-Its to color the clear rhinestones so they would match my card! Love my Bics!

This die cut card is from Creative Cuts & More, pretty huh?

This die cut card is from Creative Cuts & More, pretty huh?

I used my sewing machine to stitch the vellum panels to my projects. To get around the “humps” in the heart I turned the wheel on my machine with one hand while guiding the paper with the other because I only had one of those beautiful window cards from Creative Cuts & More and I didn’t want to risk ruining it by sewing too fast!

To make a symmetrical tag simply snip off one corner or a rectangle piece of paper then flip it over and line it up with the other corner and snip along its edge, no template needed!

An easy way to make a tag!

An easy way to make a tag!

Now, lets see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team has been up to with the digi stamps this week! On a sad note my good friend and DT member Mitzi has stepped down from her full time DT position. Her family and work obligations have left little time for stamping but I’m sure we will see some fabulous work from her in the future, will miss you Mitzi! On to more positive news Michele Roos who was to be our Guest Designer for May has graciously stepped up to fill Mitzi’s shoes and we are so glad to have her. You can see Michelle’s work here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Designers too:

Janet (make sure you wish her a happy birthday 😉

Olena

Michele H.

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the designers and leave them some love 🙂 Til next time happy crafting!

A challenge and a freebie!

I was over at Split Coast Stampers the yesterday and I saw their “Ways to use it” challenge, I have never done a SCS challenge before so I thought it was about time I did! The challenge was to use black. Since I am a vivid color girl I decided to expand my horizons and give it a try:

Paper: Strathmore, Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Blick Art Materials

Paper: Strathmore, Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Blick Art Materials

Here is a close up of the geisha (Lots of foam tape on this card folks!)

All the elements are raised up with 1-4 layers of faom tape (my mailman will not be happy :)

All the elements are raised up with 1-4 layers of faom tape (my mailman will not be happy 🙂

I use stamps from About Art Accents. The card base is by Strathmore. I used a Sumi-E brush and black ink for all of the coloring, to get a variety of shades I diluted the ink with water. The pagoda in the background I cut with my Cricut using SCAL software. You can grab the pagoda svg file for free here. Maybe you can use it on your kids school project or something 🙂

That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Have you tried this?

It’s called the gesso technique and I saw a cool tutorial on Split Coast Stampers a few weeks ago. I finally got around to trying it last night. Here are the results:

Gesso Technique, Stamps: About art Accents, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Die Cut: Cricut

Gesso Technique, Stamps: About art Accents, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Die Cut: Cricut

Close up of the gesso and embossed image, love how the text shows though!

Close up of the gesso and embossed image, love how the text shows though!

This works with any silhouette style image, good thing I snagged this awesome silhouette set from About Art Accents, and it is quick to do! you will need old magazines that have a lot of text and some acrylic gesso. Gesso is a flat, semi-porous painting ground used to prime canvasses. Brush a layer of gesso on some torn out magazine pages and let dry. You should still be able to see the text underneath. Hear emboss a silhouette style stamp with clear embossing powder then use a make-up sponge to grab some ink off an inkpad and dab it around the embossed design. You can use ore than one color if you want. pretty cool huh? One more thing I used my hot glue dots dusted with pearl ex to make the “pearls” (Thanks Tracey for the new glue gun, It works like a dream!)

I also want to congratulate my friend Melissa who just opened her very own shop selling her handmade creations. Please check it out, her work is stunning! I wish her all the success in the world! You can visit her shop here.

Well, that is all for now, I am looking forwad to enjoying some nice weather today with family and friends, I hope you have a great day too, until next time happy crafting!

A Spring Star Decoration!

For many years I have wanted to try making a star book. I love the dimension these little books have but I never got around to it until yesterday.

Stamps: About Art Accents, Dies: Creative Cuts and More

Stamps: About Art Accents, Dies: Creative Cuts and More

I used 5 sets of Oval cutout cards from Creative Cuts and More to make this. I also used 5 pieces of 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ reddish pink cardstock. I stamped some of the pretty spring silhouette images from About Art Accents and heat embossed them in white on the reddish cardstock so they would show through the window then stitched the 3 pieces of the card together. I made 5 of these signatures (fancy technical term that means a group of paper in a book) then adhered them to each other at the edges with killer red tacky tape. I’ll have a full tutorial on the die cut diva blog in a couple of days. Here are a few more shots of the book:

springstarbook21

springstarbook31

springstarbook4

springstarbook5

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Shake Shake Shake…

This was the card that almost wasn’t! Ever have one of those days where you question your ability to own, let alone operate, a glue gun…well I did. This was a sticky, beady shimmery mess before it was all done. I’m so glad I didn’t chuck this card when I thought it was past the point of no return.

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Shaker box detail

Shaker box detail

I used my homemade shimmer spray on the flowers and bracket and I stamped and embossed the Celtic knot frame and frame and sentiment. I glued a scrap of transparency to the embossed frame. To make the shaker trace your frame on a scrap of cardstock and cut a 1/4″ boarder around and make snips in to the line ever 1/4 inch and fold up making a cup to hold your beads. Fold the tips of the snipped tabs in and apply tacky glue all the way around and place the frame on top. Wrap ribbon around if desired.

I think this would be nice for a wedding or St. Patrick’s Day. Til Next tome happy crafting!

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